Sunday
Mar292015

April 2 2015: Speaker Jan Emming: Large Scale Desert Gardening

The meeting is Thursday, April 2, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Jan Emming

TOPIC:  Desert Gardening Landscapes on a Large Scale 

Jan is the founder of Destination: Forever Ranch and Gardens (see link: http://dfranch.com/

The ranch is in Yucca, Arizona. Jan is an independent adventurous "cactus wrestler" with a passion to preserve the desert, as well as increase public awareness of the beauty of the desert and desert plants.  We were fortunate to host Jan several years ago when he spoke about the issues of desert wild fires. This time we get to hear more about some of his gardening trial and tribulations on his ranch. If you are not able to attend the meeting, make sure you come to our next show and sale later in April to meet Jan and talk about his desert escapades.

Find out more about Jan on facebook at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/jan.emming?fref=browse_search    

BRING FRIENDS, RELATIVES, FELLOW EMPLOYEES, AND GARDENING ENTHUSIASTS: Our new VP, Stephenie with her helpers Pete and Victor, are putting together a year full of top notch speakers. This is the 3rd in our Speaker Series this year. MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND. SEATING IS LIMITED! PLEASE SIGN IN AS A GUEST OR A MEMBER.  

 Other Agenda Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: April, May, June activities.

Microclimates & Private Collections: Please send me some photos for the website! I'm sure we've all got something we could share. To the left is a sample of landscaping on a small scale from Susan Kent's backyard hodgepodge.

Raffle/Auction: Consider cleaning out that plant rack, the pups from the garden, the plants you no longer want to "show" or otherwise maintain: DONATE THEM TO THE RAFFLE! or consider auctioning them off or donating them to the overall garden club in one of their fund raisers.

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Sunday
Mar012015

March 5 2015: Speaker Steve Plath: IT'S SPRING SHOW TIME!

The meeting is Thursday, March 5, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Steve Plath

TOPIC:  Preparing and Showing Cacti and Succulents" 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve has participated in and "taken the show" in some of our recent events at Moon-Sun Cactus and Koi Gardens. He's a familiar friend and strong supporter of our club. Check out the links below, because there is more to Steve than his private collection of show quality cactus and succulents. He has years of solid contract growing experience. He takes pride in growing trees suitable for the many desert revegatation projects in the southwest. Once in while we're lucky enough to purchase from him!

Links to Signature Botanica, his company, on facebook and his company site are:  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Signature-Botanica-LLC/121555767909578    

http://www.signaturebotanica.com/

BRING SOME FRIENDS TO THIS: Our new VP, Stephenie with her helpers Pete and Victor, are putting together a year full of top notch speakers. This is the second in our Speaker Series this year. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO ATTEND. SEATING IS LIMITED! PLEASE SIGN IN AS A GUEST OR A MEMBER. We may not have "show ready plants available, but we will have some auction/raffle plants that have the potential to become either your show entry or landscape beauty. 

 Other Agenda Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: April, May, June activities.

Microclimates & Private Collections: Please send me some photos for the website! I'm sure we've all got something we could share.

Raffle/Auction: Consider cleaning out that plant rack, the pups from the garden, the plants you no longer want to "show" or otherwise maintain: DONATE THEM TO THE RAFFLE! or consider auctioning them off or donating them to the overall garden club in one of their fund raisers.

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Monday
Jan192015

February 5 2015: Speaker Paul Klaassen: FOGGY DESERTS!

The meeting is Thursday, February 5, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Paul Klaassen

Check out this link:    https://pkcactus.wordpress.com/about/

BRING SOME FRIENDS TO THIS: Our new VP, Stephenie with her helpers Pete and Victor, are putting together a year full of top notch speakers. (Eunice Thompson is going to be here, too, so we can likely catch up just a little with her, too.) PLEASE DON't MISS THIS 1st one of the 2015 SERIES.) THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO ATTEND. SEATING IS LIMITED! SIGN IN AS GUEST OR MEMBER REQUESTED.We will attempt to have some plant material that he speaks of as well as some growing tips for them for the growers/collectors in the Las Vegas area. (Bring your "open wallet" and don't make people take their plants back home! Raffle and purchase likely both available.

 

Other Agenda Items:

March meeting outlook.

Microclimates: Most of us won't have A FOG BANK IN THEIR YARD, but please consider submitting some of your favorite photos of your plants or garden spots.

Raffle/Auction: Consider cleaning out that plant rack, the pups from the garden, the plants you no longer want to "show" or otherwise maintain: DONATE THEM TO THE RAFFLE! or consider auctioning them off or donating them to the overall garden club in one of their fund raisers.

 

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; VACANT, Treasurer; Secretary, Vicki Yuen. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Dick Askew. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

 

Thursday
Dec252014

January 11 2015: Board & Open Business and Activities Meeting 

We will meet at 1:00 PM on SUNDAY, January 11. We will meet at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The meeting is open to all members. 

Speaker's Topic

This will be a planning/business meeting. We expect to have discussions about local nursery sources, outings, shows, calendar planning, meeting style, etc. Bring your ideas!

Other Agenda Items:

February meeting outlook.

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Sam Johnson, Treasurer; Secretary, Vicki Yuen. At large board members will be named. Volunteers for various activities will be identified.  Please consider submitting some of your favorite photos of your plants or garden spots

Monday
Nov102014

December 4 Meeting 2014: Thursday, 7PM; Speakers: Our Own Pete Duncombe; Subject: Springs Updates

The meeting is Thursday, December 4 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occurred, but Google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

Speaker's Topic

This is a substitute for our original plan. Thanks to Pete, he's agreed at the last minute to put together some information about current happenings and maybe future plans at the Springs Preserve. We should be involved in the Garden and Trails at the Springs, as these areas harbour the plants we preserve and love. Thank you PETE!

What's in Your Microclimate?

This is a sample photo (Tortoise Habitat) from one of our members. This member gentleman is rarely seen, but does bring plants to show at our events. He's another one of us "cactus and succulent junkies" that got the habit over at Turners. While I too may be somewhat to blame for his at least partial addiction, I will likely not inform him of the 100+ step to C&S rehab.  This one and others of his will be on our website gallery by the weekend.

Please consider submitting some of your favorite photos of your plants or garden spots

Other Agenda Items:

Watch email for information about the Holiday Pot Luck Sunday, December 14.

Results of Election of Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Sam Johnson, Treasurer; Secretary, Vicki Yuen. At large board members will be named at a later date. Volunteers for various activities are sought.

GENERATIONS & FRIENDS: HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HIKES, WALKS, PARKS AND PLACES: Start planning your OUTDOOR activies for 2015. If you have fun, you might decide to make it a habit and visit the same place again in 2016. Grab someone from the neighborhood, a friend, or family member and go see some of nature's best. Below is a list of what a special subset of members we call the "Hiker Dudes" did in the spring of 2009. 

Date Range, Location and What They Were HUNTING!  (Credits belong to Hiker Dudes)

  •  Mid to late March:  Christmas tree pass/Searchlight, NV. Echinomastus  johnsonii ssp. lutescens and taking a drive through Christmas tree  pass if time allows. Associated species- dudleya arizonica, nolina  parryi, Opuntia chlorotica, Opuntia bigelovii
  • Late March:  Victor's favorite place to go. Victorville/Oro Grande and Barstow,CA area if time. Sclerocactus polyancistrus in a dying region. Other species associated Dudleya, Echinocactus polycephalus  and Penstemon spectabilis
  • Early to mid April:  (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts)  Beatty, Yucca Mtn., Ryolite, and Daylight Pass. Large populations of sclerocactus polyancistrus and echinocactus polycephalus
  • Mid April:  (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts)  Barstow/Ft. Irwin and Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA Sclerocactus polyancistrus and observing local wildflowers.
  • Mid to late April:  Tonopah, Goldfield and Beatty. Sclerocactus polyancistrus and Sclerocactus nyensis populations.
  • Late April:  Panaca, Bennet Springs, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Canyon Springs Summit, Caliente. Sclerocactus Schlesseri, Echinocereus mojavensis, and Opuntia whipplei. Very interesting place to go.
  • Early May (12-14 hrs or 2 days.):  Donnie’s favorite place. House Rock Valley, Jacob Lake,  Fredonia, AZ. Four endangered Pediocactus. P. bradyi, P.  Paradinei, P. sileri, P. peeblesianus, Sclerocactus parviflorus, Echinocereus canyonensis, Agave kaibabensis.
  • 2nd Week May (very long maybe 12-14 hr):  Rachel, Warm Springs, Hancock summit and Currant (AKA middle of nowhere) Potential return routes  through hwy 375(ET) or hwy 95 via Tonopah. Very small Sclerocactus (about the size of a 50 cent piece), Agave eborispina, Echinocereus mojavensis and Opuntia pulchella.
  • Mid May:  South of Tonopah, Silver Peak, Columbus mine and Lida if time allows. Sclerocactus nyensis, Opuntia pulchella and sclerocactus  polyancistrus
  • Mid to late May:  Death Valley National Park:   Auggerberry Point & Surprise Canyon.  Enter through Pahrump side. Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Dudleya, Echinomastus johnsonii, Echinocactus polycephalus, Ferocactus acanthodes, Mimulus rupicola and Salvia funerea.
  • Late May:  Lida Summit, Oasis summit, Goldfield summit. Highest population  of Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Opuntia pulchella, Penstemon floridus ssp. austinii, yucca brevifolia and maybe lewisii rediviva ssp. minor.
  • Early June:  Ely, Sacramento pass, Baker, Great Basin National Park, Skull Rock  Pass, UT and Kings Canyon, UT. If I do not get photos of Sclerocactus blaineyi near Currant, NV we will return through 375 via 93. Pediocactus simpsonii, Sclerocactus pubispinus, Sclerocactus spinosior, Opuntia pulchella, Echinocereus mojavensis, Penstemon nanus, Penstemon confusus, Penstemon immanifestus, Penstemon barnebyi and Penstemon dolius.
  • 3rd Week in June:  Longest day of the year. Back to Great Basin National park for a hike to the top of the second highest mtn. in NV. Pediocactus simpsonii at 11,200 ft. Many Alpine flowers and good to escape Las Vega's Heat.
  • Late June:  Bonanza Trail at top of Lee Canyon. Good hike:   See Pahrump and Las Vegas at the same time.